Welcome to the #LeuvenGymkhana

The #LeuvenGymkhana is a hybrid online-offline action and research event in Leuven open for everyone to participate. It moves around several locations in the city that represent and visualise some of the relevant actors and issues related to the food system and food strategy of Leuven (Food Connects), integrated in the Leuven 2030 roadmap’s program on sustainable and healthy food.  

Its objective is to is to share and discuss perspectives, ideas and challenges about ensuring healthy, local and affordable food all in Leuven.

THE LEUVEN GHYMKHANA 1.0

The #LeuvenGymkhana 1.0 was organised between December 2020 and January 2021 as a treasure hunt including more than 30 posters shared online and in 13 strategic locations in Leuven. It was the outcome of a collective exercise developed by 14 advanced Masters students and researchers from KU Leuven as a part of the Institutional Aspects of Spatial Planning (IASP) course, taught in the Departments of Architecture and Earth and Environmental Sciences at KU Leuven. 

The IASP team developed an atlas collecting the main discoveries, statements and questions found about the development and governance of the food strategy of Leuven. Each page of the atlas was also a poster hanged around the city.

Following the #LeuvenGymkhana, we compiled everyone’s reactions and the results of our collective research and shared them in an online event on 22 January 2021. Such event took the shape of a webinar in which, apart from the IASP students, different actors and stakeholders related to the food strategy, Leuven 2030 and governance in the city shared their views and debated on the said topics.

THE LEUVEN GYMKHANA 2.0.

Now, in the spring semester, a new group of students from the IMSDP programme is taking over the work advanced by IASP and has moved on to the Leuven Gymkhana 2.0. This time, the gymkhana is organised as a series of free guided tours and collective conversations between 17 and 22 May 2021 organised by the IMSDP team in collaboration with several actors and initiatives  involved in the food system and the Food strategy of Leuven. The objective of the event is to share and discuss perspectives, ideas and challenges about ensuring healthy, local and affordable food all in Leuven.

We will do this during the guided tours presenting 3 thematic gymkhanas, and getting together to share and celebrate our ideas to move forward in the implementation of the Food Strategy in a closing party on 22 May at Boerencompagnie!

We hope you’ll join us in the #LeuvenGymkhana 2.0 tours and share your experience and opinions with us. Everyone’s contribution is important to achieve food justice for all in Leuven now and into the future!

HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE?

Fill in the registration form to join as many gymkhana tours as you want. You can check extra material in our web and follow us in Instagram to stay updated about news and challenges and contribute to the debate online too!

Only participants that successfully complete at least one gymkhana will get an invitation to attend the closing party on 22 May, so don’t miss it!